Wilkes-Barre, PA Lehigh & Wilkes-Barre Coal Co. Murray Shaft Explosion, Sept 1890
A TERRIBLE EXPLOSION
THE LIVES OF FOUR MEN BLOTTED OUT AS A RESULT.
Wilkesbarre, Pa., Sept. 22--A terrible explosion of gas took place in the Murray shaft of the Lehigh and Wilkesbarre Coal company Saturday afternoon. Ropes were strung around the mouth of the shaft, and no one was allowed within twenty feet of the opening, as it is feared that a second explosion may take place at any time. There were five men in the shaft at the time of the explosion, Lawrence Casey, James Sullivan, James Roswell, Fire boss Edward Butson and Anthony Jennings. This shaft is considered one of
The Gasiest in the World.
The origin of the explosion is unknown. Hundred anxiously awaited the results of the rescuing party which went down the shaft as soon as it was safe to do so. The party consisted of Superintendent Scott, Foreman Thomas Ford, Morgan Mogans and Mine Inspector Williams. They returned after an hour’s search and reported that all were dead, except Edward Butson, who was seriously burned. Later on the dead were brought from the pit to the surface, a distance of 600 feet, and taken to their homes.
The Indiana Gazette, Indiana, PA 25 Sept 1890